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Knightley donates Oscar gown to Oxfam

Proceeds from auction of Vera Wang dress will go to hunger charity
/ Source: Reuters

Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has donated the Vera Wang dress she wore at last month’s Academy Awards show to the relief organization Oxfam to raise money for the group’s work in East Africa.

Knightley, 21, wore a one-shouldered, deep-claret gown to the awards, in which she was nominated as best actress for her role in “Pride & Prejudice.”

The dress will be auctioned on the eBay Web site. Bidding will begin on April 21 and close on April 30 with all proceeds going to Oxfam’s East African Food Crisis Appeal.

“This is such an amazing dress, and I am really pleased to be able to donate it to Oxfam,” the actress said in a statement. “I have seen the TV reports on the horrendous drought in East Africa and ... I am happy to be able to do something to help.”

Oxfam’s Paul Smith-Lomas said the charity was currently providing food and water to people in East Africa, where millions face hunger and hardship due to a drought since late 2005.

“Donations like this will help to fund this vital work,” he said.

The dress is currently on display at an Oxfam shop in Notting Hill, London. Knightley missed out on the Oscar award to Reese Witherspoon for her role in “Walk the Line.”